Archive for July, 2018

The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked

July 23, 2018


My newest themed Championship Ring Column, the ranking all 50 Super Bowl rings from worst to first continues – We’re now up to number 39:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I ring


Yes, I realize there are now 52 Super Bowl rings, however, when I started this blog series, there were only 50. And since I probably won’t own or get my hands on a Super Bowl 51 or 52 ring anytime soon, I’ll stick with the first 50 championship rings for this series.

Please note, I usually don’t show player’s names on Super Bowl rings, so please excuse me when I cover their name and uniform number.

In this case however, I’m using photos of a Super Bowl ring that has circulated on the internet for years. So, no, I don’t own Ray Nitschke’s super bowl ring.

The Super Bowl ring shown above is not one of my favorite among the 50. Sooner or later we’ll get the best of the best, but for now we’re starting at the bottom and working our way up.

Before we get into details about the championship ring shown above, I just want to review the ranking process:

The Super Bowl ring ranking has absolutely nothing to do with my affection or non-affection to the team or players the championship rings were awarded to. The ranking of these Super Bowl rings also have nothing to do with the team’s season or the specific title game either. The ranking is based solely on the championship ring design.

Last, I probably don’t spend enough time on many of my championship ring blogs discussing the shanks (sides of the championship rings) but in this ongoing blog series, shanks will be discussed and contribute to the rankings too.

Please keep in mind that I collect Super Bowl rings and acquiring a player’s version of this championship ring was not easy – few of them have been offered to the public. It was an important acquisition and I’m thrilled to own this player Super Bowl ring. Some Super Bowl rings have to be ranked below the very best; and this one in my opinion is one of them. However, it doesn’t take away from the tremendous pride the players, coaching staff, and executives feel when being awarded this or any other Super Bowl ring.

The Super Bowl ring shown above is a very special championship ring – it’s the first Super Bowl ring ever and when this title game was played back in January of 1967, it wasn’t called Super Bowl I until a few years later. This championship ring was designed and manufactured by Jostens.

The Super Bowl I ring is a challenge to rank. That’s because compared to almost every other Super Bowl ring, it is the least flashy and is really a throw-back to an earlier time in championship ring design. Yet, it’s the most historic Super Bowl ring ever, so both factors were balanced and used in my ranking process.

Only four Super Bowl rings have ever been designed that contained a single diamond, the others being the Colts Super Bowl V ring, the Dolphins Super Bowl VII ring and the Steelers Super Bowl IV ring. And the Packers Super Bowl I ring diamond was smaller than the other three mentioned.

The shanks on the Packer Super Bowl I ring are nice and well-designed. The Packers found a cool way to pay homage to the team’s three other titles, by placing the championship years on the helmet (see photo above).

Larger more impressive Super Bowl rings would start to seen the following season when the Packers (and then the Jets) made larger Super Bowl rings with more bling.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Here’s the Villanova’s 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship Ring

July 21, 2018


Villanova’s head basketball coach Jay Wright posts some photos of his players receiving their championship rings this week on Twitter:


Villanova 2018 NCAA Basketball championship ring


The Wildcats received their championship rings from their impressive title run in the 2018 NCAA Tournament that was highlighted by a dominant performance against the Michigan Wolverines in the title game.

This is the third National Championship for the Wildcats Basketball team; and coach Wright’s second one as their head coach. Their other two championships occurred in 1985 and 2016.

Guard Phil Booth shared a video showing his 2018 championship ring and included capturing a view of his last name that’s engraved on the side. The video can be found on Twitter.

Keep in mind the gorgeous championship ring, like every other NCAA version, contains imitation gold and imitation diamonds since it’s against NCAA rules to award money or valuable gifts to players.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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BYU Has a Terrific Super Bowl Ring Display

July 18, 2018


The school shows a really nice way to put fake Chinese replica Super Bowl rings to good use:


BYU Brigham Young University super bowl ring display


I want to give credit to Benjamin Criddle; he’s a huge BYU (Brigham Young University) alum and fan of all of their sports programs.

Ben played for the BYU football team around 10 years ago and now is an annalist with ESPN.

Ben tweeted the photo above and the following caption:

BYU Brigham Young University super bowl ring display


The NFL shield is the perfect backdrop, and the large full-size Lombardi trophy is a masterful centerpiece of this display – and the championship rings, trophy, shield and wording are all protected within thick glass.

Although more than 40 Super Bowl rings have been won by players and coaches, I count 24 actual championship rings inside the display. Perhaps their policy is to only place one specimen championship ring for each specific Super Bowl.

With about six risers left, looks like BYU may be needing to make some modifications to their impressive display within a few years.

Hopefully other colleges are doing something similar – this is an outstanding idea!

Please remember as always I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson Auctioning Championship Ring

July 16, 2018


Oscar Robertson is auctioning some of his most cherished basketball memorabilia, including his 1971 NBA Championship Ring:


Oscar Robertson Championship ring


Robertson, a former NBA MVP and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, is selling many of his basketball possessions in a Lelands.com auction that runs until August. 17.

Among his 51 items in the event, is the championship ring he won with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971 (see above), his basketball Hall of Fame ring and induction trophy, 11 of his NBA All-Star rings — he was a 12-time All-Star — and his game-worn jerseys from the Bucks and his college days at the University of Cincinnati.

Each item comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Robertson, whose HOF NBA career ended in 1974. After retirement, he had his jersey number retired by both the Bucks and Sacramento Kings. He was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1980. Additionally Robertson had nine first team All-NBA selections and won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in 1964.

Recently Robertson was honored with the NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Look for his 1971 championship ring and his HOF ring to go for big bucks (no pun intended).

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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There’s More to Collecting Than Just Championship Rings

July 13, 2018


The next issue of “Gridiron Greats – The Digest of North American Football and Its Memorabilia” will be showcasing my football display pieces:


collecting football display pieces besides championship rings


As our readers know, this blog is all about championship rings; and very rarely do I deviate from this topic.

However, with my championship rings locked up at the local bank vault, I do get enjoyment out of collecting trophies and other assorted sports memorabilia. As a result, I have a sports memorabilia room with some interesting display pieces.

Bob Swick, owner and publisher of this fantastic publication, invited me to write a story on collecting pieces for a display room or “man cave”. Bob encouraged me to share stories about where I find these rare pieces and some of the crazy anecdotes that go with collecting them.

If you’re not a subscriber, please visit Bob’s website and subscribe today. And if you like championship rings, I often write very long and comprehensive articles for Gridiron Greats on this topic. Here’s the link: http://www.gridirongreatsmagazine.com/

If you subscribe, you can see my collection for yourself (plenty of photographs and information and tips to build your own collection). If you’re planning to attend the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland later this summer, please stop by Bob’s booth.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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